Sleep Medicine Specialist

Valley Internal Medicine Associates

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician & Sleep Specialist located in Mission, TX

About 70 million American adults have a sleep disorder. Sleep medicine can diagnose the underlying cause and provide tips to get a better, more restful night of sleep. At Valley Internal Medicine Associates in Mission, Texas, Dr. Sathiyaraj George and the team provide sleep medicine services to adult patients. If you’re tired of tossing and turning or you suspect you have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment today. Call the office to speak with a team member or book a consultation online.

Sleep Medicine Q&A

What is sleep medicine?

Sleep medicine is a branch of health care that diagnoses and treats sleep-related health problems, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. Sleep medicine at the practice of Valley Internal Medicine Associates involves a thorough sleep evaluation, an initial exam, comprehensive testing, and follow-up care.

What are some common problems that sleep medicine treats?

Valley Internal Medicine Associates uses sleep medicine to treat several common conditions, including:

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing throughout the night. If you have sleep apnea, you might wake up gasping for air or experience frequent morning headaches. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea.

Insomnia

If you have insomnia, it’s difficult to get a full eight hours of sleep. Some people with insomnia experience trouble falling asleep, while others have trouble staying asleep. Over time, insomnia can make it difficult to pay attention at work or during other activities. It also increases your risk of forgetfulness, automobile accidents, and more serious health problems.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes you to fall asleep, regardless of the circumstances. Its characteristics include excessive daytime drowsiness or sudden attacks of sleep. Some people with narcolepsy also experience a loss of muscle tone and hallucinations.

What happens during a sleep medicine appointment?

A sleep medicine appointment begins with a physical and neurological exam, a discussion of your lifestyle and symptoms, and a review of your medical history. Your provider may also order lab tests and screening tests to rule out underlying health problems, such as heart disease, thyroid disease, or vitamin and nutrient deficiencies.

If your physician suspects a heart problem may be to blame, you may receive an electrocardiogram (ECG), an echocardiogram, or cardiovascular stress testing. If these measures don’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, you might also have a sleep study.

A sleep study is an overnight test that uses electrodes to monitor your breathing patterns, brain waves, heartbeat, and movements during sleep. 

How are sleep disorders treated?

Treatments for sleep disorders depend on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. The Valley Internal Medicine Associates team usually recommends a hands-on approach and healthy lifestyle changes. For example, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and practicing good sleep hygiene can help you feel tired and fall asleep.

If you have sleep apnea, you might benefit from treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP treatment requires you to wear a mask during sleep. The mask uses mild air pressure to keep your airways open, ensuring a restful and rejuvenating night of rest.

If your sleep-related problems are due to a chronic condition, you might benefit from chronic care management. As a chronic care management participant, you receive weekly calls from a nurse. The nurse provides follow-up care, including prescription refills. They can also monitor your progress and adjust treatment as necessary.

Don’t wait to schedule a sleep medicine appointment with Valley Internal Medicine Associates. Call the office to speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.